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Navy asked to name ship after Harvey Milk

Congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner wants the Navy to name a ship after slain San Francisco gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

Filner says naming a ship after Milk would be a great tribute to Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the 1950s.

Milk was shot to death on Nov. 27, 1978, while serving as a San Francisco supervisor.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Filner says naming a ship after Milk would promote equality in the military after the recent repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy.

Filner has reportedly pledged to continue his work with San Diego's gay, bisexual and transsexual community to promote Harvey Milk's legacy.

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